Sunday, November 23, 2014 Kislev 1, 5775

Dear Miriam,

I have attended occasional services at various synagogues throughout the area ever since moving here about five years ago, mostly for holidays or events. I have every intention of eventually joining a synagogue because I want to send my future children to religious school. Of course, that stage in my life is at least another few years away. In the meantime, I'd still like to be part of a synagogue community on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. '

I'm lucky that here in Philly there's a program to provide young adults in my exact position with free High Holiday tickets...

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Dear Miriam,

I like to make substitutions so that my baking is less fattening, but is it "dishonest" to bring a healthy version of a popular dish to a potluck? I've done yogurt brownies, pie with Splenda, cakes with applesauce instead of butter, etc. Will people be disappointed to bite into something and realize it's not "the real thing"?

Signed,
Substituting Splenda

Dear Substituting,

I happen to think that potlucks are the best possible excuse to try out the most fattening, decadent dish that you'd never make for yourself at home because at the most,...

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Dear Miriam,

Recently, the web comic XKCD addressed the question, "What if everyone had only one soul mate, a random person somewhere in the world?"  XKCD's response was not optimistic -- in particular, a graph of "found soul mate" versus "alone forever" is disturbing.  Do you have a different take?  Is there any way around the pessimistic conclusion that it is unlikely that most people will actually find their soul mates?

Signed,
Beshert? Be...

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